‘American Sniper’ rewrites box office record books

January 5th, 2015 - Graham Eley

Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL thriller, ‘American Sniper’, rewrote the record books at the North American speciality box office with a sensational $160,000 per-location average from four theatres during its second weekend in play. That’s the highest ever average first weekend hold and provides another major boost to the film’s late award season surge. It goes wide on Jan 26.

 

J.C. Chandor’s third feature, ‘A Most Violent Year’ also caught the eye with a strong $47,000 per-location average from four theatres. The crime drama has now taken $300,000 since arriving on New Year’s Eve to secure qualification for this year’s Oscars. It’s Chandor’s follow up to ‘All Is Lost’ and remains an outside bet – at best – in the Oscar nomination race.

 

Another Oscar hopeful, ‘The Imitation Game’, made quite a splash of its own taking a stunning $7.7m off just 754 theatres during its sixth weekend for the best per-screen average from any film on wide release. The Alan Turing biopic has now grossed $30.8m domestically.

 

The top end followed a predictable course with Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ grabbing another $22m to claim its third consecutive win.

 

‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Unbroken’ enjoyed strong holdovers in second and third spots after earning $19m and $18.4m respectively.

 

And the weekend’s only new wide release, ‘The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’ over-performed in fourth. Poor reviews – 24% on RT – and a disappointing ‘C’ cinemaScore didn’t deter the resilient horror crowd as Tom Harper’s horror sequel grossed $15m from 2,602 theatres. Relatively picked it up for a bargain basement $1m.prednisolone pronunciation
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